2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
BMSC3139 Systems Neurophysiology
10 creditsClass Size: 120
Module manager: Professor James Deuchars
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsStudents must take either BMSC2118 or BMSC2123 prior to taking BMSC3139.
|BMSC2123||Sensory and Motor Neuroscience|
|BMSC2124||Neurotransmitters and Disease|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesTo provide understanding of the neuronal control of the gastrointestinal and cardiorespiratory systems with an emphasis on networks and neuronal integration. We will also investigate how activity in these networks may contribute to disease states and potential treatments for some diseases based on manipulations of these networks and/or their targets.
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- Understand the complexity of the neural circuits of the brain controlling some physiological systems.
- Appreciate how the integration of sensory information from the body in brainstem circuits controls homeostatic functions.
- Describe CNS networks involved in control of gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
- Understand how activity in these networks may contribute to disease states
- Describe potential treatments for diseases based on manipulations of these networks and/or their targets.
- Be better able to read and understand original scientific papers
- Sensing and controlling the body’s internal environment
- Regulation of body weight and food intake
- Central control of cardiovascular system – parasympathetic reflex pathways
- Central control of cardiovascular system - the sympathetic side
- Contribution of the nervous system to development and treatment of cardiovascular disease - heart failure and hypertension
- Central neuronal circuits controlling respiration
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||86.00|
|Total Contact hours||14.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study- 86 hours of private study
- researching literature and preparing for exam.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThere is a practice exam question in one lecture slot of the module. The question is usually from a past paper and is made available prior to the session. Assessment and feedback is by peers at a subsequent lecture slot. Prior to assessment, the students are shown an outline answer and are guided through the assessment rubrics before they peer mark two scripts from other students.
Methods of assessment
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 02/07/2019
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